Advertise Here

Author Topic: How seemingly small trivial decisions can have huge significance  (Read 1228 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Durham Forum

  • "Giggity giggity!"
  • Admin
  • Blatherskite!
  • *****
  • Posts: 11,426
  • Age: 59
  • Location: North East
  • Reputation: 54
  • Referrals: 1
"It was a run-of-the-mill conversation with a friend in a pub. The kind of conversation you might have any night of the week - the kind that might change your life.

I had just bought my ticket for the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, a ticket for the Leppings Lane end. I had been to Hillsborough enough times to know that the view from this sunken terrace was of railings and boots almost at eye-level.

My friend Tony, a Manchester United fan, sympathised over a pint and told me that he had found a way to the open segment of terracing over the corner flag. "Less atmosphere, but if you want to actually get a decent view of the game it might be worth checking out. Just get through the turnstile and head left."

At about two o'clock on 15 April 1989, I made my way into Hillsborough and was confronted by the low-ceilinged tunnel that led to the central terracing behind the goal - already looking full.

I headed left."

This was written by BBC commentator Steve Wilson, reminiscing about the fateful day 20 years ago when he made the simple decision based on what his friend had told him in the pub. A decision which meant that he lived, whilst 96 people who made a similar trivial decision and went straight ahead, died that day, the life crushed out of them in the April sunshine.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stevewilson/2009/04/hillsborough.html

Linkback: http://www.northeastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=17380.0

Offline woodstock

  • Currack
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,146
  • Reputation: 25
  • Referrals: 0
lovely story (well, for him anyway) - but this kind of thing happens all of the time - I've met people by chance, been at certain places at a certain time (and we're talking minutes here) and that has changed the path of my life...tho, can't really say if they wre life / death situations tho... :)

Linkback: http://www.northeastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=17380.0

Klendathu

  • Guest
Ultimately the destiny of life is based on millions of such little decisions.  It would be interesting to go back in time and see how life would work, by changing the outcome of these.

Mind boggling.

Linkback: http://www.northeastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=17380.0

Offline woodstock

  • Currack
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,146
  • Reputation: 25
  • Referrals: 0
yeah, wasn't hitler a classic example..? - I recall someone telling me about it ages ago...hmmm...will have to check that one again :)

Linkback: http://www.northeastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=17380.0

Offline SouthernExPat

  • Blatherskite!
  • ******
  • Posts: 3,946
  • Location: Western Newcastle
  • Reputation: 20
  • Referrals: 0
Always reminds me of the story (don't know if it's true) about a guy who wrote a book when he was a young man..got a small quantity published, never took off..and forgot all about it.

40 yrs later, he was retired, and travelled to London by train to search bookshops (no, he wasn't J.R.Hartley!)....without success...for three days he searched.

Got back on the train to go home, and spotted the book on an empty seat!

Linkback: http://www.northeastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=17380.0
Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead...Do not walk in front of me, for I may not Follow...Do not walk beside me...just f*ck off and leave me alone!

Offline alexander

  • Blatherskite!
  • ******
  • Posts: 5,354
  • Age: 47
  • Location: varde
  • Reputation: 21
  • The Dalai Viking has spoken
  • Referrals: 1
yeah, wasn't hitler a classic example..? - I recall someone telling me about it ages ago...hmmm...will have to check that one again :)

Yeh, he only went into politics because he was turned away at an art school in Austria. I read the other week that one of his paintings has recently been sold for a ****eload of money. They may be decent landscape works but who would want a painting by Adolf Hitler hanging on the wall behind the sofa ? :roll:

Linkback: http://www.northeastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=17380.0
You're born alone, you die alone.  Anything in between is make believe.

Offline thenorthumbrian

  • Gadgie
  • ***
  • Posts: 568
  • Location: Northumbria
  • Reputation: -1
  • Referrals: 0
The film "sliding doors" is based on a similar idea.
A woman catches a train and meets someone who they fall in love with in an alternative reality she misses the train and her live takes a different path.
I suppose we all have an alternative reality which may have taken us down a dfferent road.
Good thread.


Linkback: http://www.northeastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=17380.0
New Northumbria;
A blog dedictated to the history, culture and politics of the Northumbrian region of Britain.
New Northumbria

Tags:
 

Powered by EzPortal
Sitemap 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15